The aviation industry for the first time simulates a cyber attack in an international exercise

The event took place at the Israeli pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai, in cooperation with the Cyber ​​Council of the United Arab Emirates, representatives of airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and more.

Participants in the simulation. Photo: Kashif Ramiz, Israel Pavilion at the Expo

Last night in Dubai, the national cyber network led a first-of-its-kind international exercise simulating a multinational event of a cyber-attack simulation on the civil aviation sector. The event took place at the Israeli pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai, in collaboration with the Cyber ​​Council of the United Arab Emirates, and in the presence of Yigal Ona Head of the National Cyber ​​Network andDr. Muhammad al-Kuwaiti, Chairman of the Cyber ​​Council of the UAE.

The event was attended by representatives of airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, civil aviation authorities, cyber authorities and cyber security companies from various countries, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Germany, Greece, Morocco and Bahrain. This is the first time that representatives from several countries are sitting together to practice handling cyber-attacks of this type.

According to Tamir Goren, Head of the Center for Strategic Programs from the National Cyber ​​Network and a former pilot, “There is a need for international organization on the issue as we have seen in the last decade an increase in attack attempts and levels of sophistication on the aviation sector worldwide. The world of aviation has become more digital and online and the connectivity between the various factors has significantly increased the possibilities of attack. To date, no attacks have been recorded that could harm flight safety. However the world of aviation and cyber authorities are stepping up efforts in the field to ensure the continued preservation of flight safety and functional continuity. “The national cyber system and the Civil Aviation Authority are leading these efforts in Israel.”

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